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Intermediate Syntax - LAN00016I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. George Tsoulas
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

An extension to the first-year Introduction to Syntax module, which draws upon the same material and concepts.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

The aim of the module is to develop the tools of syntactic analysis and description that you began to acquire in the first year, and to introduce you to a more formal syntactic framework that will equip you with the theoretical apparatus and the skills to solve syntactic problems.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will typically:

  • Have an understanding of some basic concepts in the formal analysis of syntactic data
  • Know how to make use of theoretical tools from syntactic theory in the analysis of complex data
  • Begin to be able to evaluate theoretical claims
  • Begin to be able to develop written arguments in the syntactic style


Task Length % of module mark
Final coursework
N/A 60
Summative assignment 1
N/A 20
Summative assignment 2
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Intermediate Syntax
N/A 100

Module feedback

Formative feedback

Oral feedback to group and individuals from both instructor and other students in practical classes. Model answers available on the VLE. Opportunity for further individual consultation during office hours.

Summative assessment and feedback

Summative feedback

Departmental feedback sheet with a mark on the University scale for individual assignments completed during term, where applicable to written work. Model answers will be provided, followed by class-based discussion of answers. Opportunity for detailed individual-level during office hours.

Two-hour closed examination

Feedback: Mark on University mark scale. Model answer and/or an opportunity to see scripts at an appointed time in the term following assessment.

Indicative reading

Sportiche, D., Koopman, H., and Stabler, E. (2014) An Introduction to Syntactic Analysis and Theory

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